Losartan is a generic prescription medication. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved it to:
- treat high blood pressure in adults and children ages 6 years and older
- treat diabetic nephropathy in certain adults with type 2 diabetes who have current or past high blood pressure
- reduce the risk of stroke in adults with high blood pressure and left ventricular hypertrophy (thickened muscle in the left ventricle of the heart)
For more information about losartan’s uses, refer to this article.
Here are some details about losartan:
- Drug class: angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB)
- Drug form: oral tablet
- Brand-name version: Cozaar
Read on to learn about how much losartan costs, as well as how to save money on prescriptions.
As with all medications, the cost of losartan can vary. Factors that may affect the price you’ll pay include your treatment plan, your insurance coverage, and the pharmacy you use.
To find out what the cost of losartan will be for you, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.
Note: If you have insurance, your insurance company may require prior authorization before it covers losartan. This means the company and your doctor will discuss losartan in regard to your treatment. The insurance company will then determine whether the medication is covered.
If a drug requires prior authorization and you start treatment without the prior approval, you could pay the full cost of the medication. You can ask your insurance company whether losartan requires prior authorization.
Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about drug cost and losartan.
What’s the cost of losartan (25 mg, 50 mg, 100 mg) without insurance?
Losartan is available in three strengths: 25 milligrams (mg), 50 mg, and 100 mg.
The cost of losartan can vary depending on whether you have insurance. In many cases, the drug will cost more without insurance than it does with insurance.
Other factors that can influence the cost of losartan include the pharmacy you use and your exact treatment plan.
To find out how much losartan costs without insurance, talk with your doctor or pharmacist.
Can I buy losartan over the counter?
No, losartan is not available over the counter (OTC).
You can purchase OTC medications without a prescription. However, you need a prescription from a healthcare professional to purchase losartan.
If you’re interested in taking losartan, talk with your doctor. They can tell you whether losartan is a treatment option for your condition. If your doctor recommends losartan, they’ll provide a prescription for you to purchase the drug.
Losartan is a generic drug, which means it’s an exact copy of the active drug in a brand-name medication. A generic drug is considered to be as safe and effective as the original drug. And generics tend to cost less than brand-name drugs.
Losartan is available as the brand-name drug Cozaar. If your doctor has prescribed losartan and you’re interested in taking Cozaar instead, talk with your doctor. They may have a preference for one version or the other. You’ll also need to check with your insurance provider, as it may only cover one or the other.
To find out how the cost of this brand-name drug compares with the cost of losartan, talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.
If you take losartan long term, you may be able to lower its cost in the following ways.
Getting a 3-month supply
You may be able to get a 90-day supply of losartan. If approved by your insurance company, getting a 90-day supply of the drug could reduce your number of trips to the pharmacy and help lower the cost. If you’re interested in this option, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or insurance provider.
Using a mail-order pharmacy
Losartan may be available through a mail-order pharmacy. Using this type of service may help lower the drug’s cost and allow you to receive your medication without leaving home. Some Medicare plans may help cover the cost of mail-order medications. You may also be able to get a 90-day supply of the drug via mail order.
If you don’t have health insurance, talk with your doctor or pharmacist. They may be able to suggest online pharmacy options that could work for you.
If you need financial support to pay for losartan, consider looking into websites that offer cost resources and information. Two such organizations are:
These sites can provide details about drug assistance programs, ways to make the most of your insurance coverage, and links to savings cards and other services.
Now that you’ve learned about cost and losartan, you may still have some questions. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist, who can provide personalized guidance about cost issues related to losartan. However, if you have health insurance, you’ll need to talk with your insurance provider to learn the actual cost you would pay for losartan.
Here are some other resources you may find helpful:
- Medicare drug coverage. To learn about Medicare coverage for drugs, see these articles about Medicare Prescription Drug Plans, drug coupons and Medicare, and the Medicare drug list.
- Save money. Explore this article for tips about how to save money on prescriptions.
- More details. For details about other aspects of losartan, refer to this article.
- Side effects. To learn about some of the mild and serious side effects losartan might cause, see this article.
- Information about your condition. For more information about the conditions losartan is used to treat, our hypertension hub and diabetes hub may be helpful.
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